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DIY 48 inch compact fixture

First two pictures are of the fixture. The last one is the tank it is on.

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Nice job on making the hood and setting up the lights. The finish on it looks particularly nice.

However, whare are the reflectors? Without them you will be losing a good percentage of the light that the cfs put out.

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reflector is a high gloss white acylic enamel paint. I'm on a student budget...can you tell...Also, in the picture only 2 bulbs are turned on. I am waiting until I get more plants before I turn all 4 on, and even then I might not use all 4.
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Being a student, I can sympathize with you alot. Just stating that it will reduce the amount of light getting to the plants quite a bit

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I'm an engineering major, so I was aware already. I think I have too much lighting anyways, so this might help balance things out. I need to figure out what types of ferts. I need now and where to get them.
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Nice job, looks very clean. White paint is actually a good reflector/diffusor, not that inferior to high-tech alu reflectors.

I prefer T5's though.

Your tank could use some fast growers, at least in the beginning to get it balanced out.


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Nice job, looks very clean. White paint is actually a good reflector/diffusor, not that inferior to high-tech alu reflectors.

I prefer T5's though.

Your tank could use some fast growers, at least in the beginning to get it balanced out.
I am working on getting some chain swords for the front and some anubias. I am hoping the chain swords will carpet the whole front and part of the middle of the tank! T5's were not in my student budget, otherwise I would have went with them!
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Yeah White does a pretty good job. Most cheaper fixtures use white by default.

Nice job man! I really like the thin form factor. It'd be cool to incorporate into an entire hood/canopy.


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T5's were not in my student budget, otherwise I would have went with them!
T5's have become pretty reasonable in price... you can get a good selection of NO bulbs for under $10, and overdrive them to HO levels with a suitable ballast, like the Workhorse 7.

I bet it would cost you about the same as (if not less than) the PC setup, and you would need less wattage to get the same light level, saving you money over time.

Just a thought... the PC's work great as well.


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I paid about $30 for the oak wood, $40 for the 4 ballasts, and about $32 for the 4 bulbs, and about $10 in the fans and mounting hardware. I had about $15 of gas to get to my uncles where I built the fixture. For about $125 I now have a compact fixture, which is not too bad. Plus, I had the fun of making it and putting it all together!
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where did you get the ballast and bulbs so cheap. link would be great if you have one thanks
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good lookin setup, off to a great start.
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really would love a link yo the site for the ballasts...
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